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Minnesota Recognized as “All-Star State” By National Military Voter Protection Project -One of 15 States Honored for Protecting Voting Rights of Service Members and Their Families
ST. PAUL, Minn.—July 17, 2012— Minnesota was recognized as an All-Star state today by the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project for its significant effort to promote and protect the voting rights of America’s military service members and their families.
“Minnesotan’s can be proud of our state’s successful effort to increase military and overseas voting,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “Working closely with the Governor and legislators, this office has enacted changes such as moving up the state primary, simplifying voter materials and procedures, developing the online voter information tools, and promoting the military and overseas voter foundation website that have produced positive results.”
In analyzing these states, the MVP Project looked at a number of factors, including:
• The state’s efforts to work with and reach out to local military installations and National Guard units on a proactive basis to provide on-base voter assistance; • Its use of electronic and web-based services to send election materials; • Its willingness to create specialized communications to military voters either through public service announcements or web-based announcements; • The state’s legislative efforts to eliminate barriers to military voter participation; and • Its track record of making sure that absentee military ballots are sent out no later than 45-days before the election and, when they are not, a high degree of accountability to resolve any violations.
Minnesota was recognized as an All-Star state by the Military Voter Protection Project, in addition to: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia
“These states are led by a tremendous group of state and local election officials who have made military voters a priority in elections,” said Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project.
For more information about the Military Voter Protection Project’s Heroes Vote Initiative or to view details about the MVP Project All-Star states, please visit http://www.heroesvote.org/.
Editor's note: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4142.
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